Cohort 2 | Class of 2018

Jennifer AnnJennifer Ann

  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
  • Undergraduate: B.S. Behavioral Science, California Baptist University
  • Graduate: M.A. in Education: Special Education Option, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Research Interests:
    • Best practice in providing services / supports to students with special needs - looking at different models at the state, national and international level.
    • Best practice in implementing School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SW-PBIS).
    • The effective use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based curriculum in classrooms.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, hiking, vegan cooking, and playing board games.

Paulette CobbPaulette Cobb

  • Hometown: Hollister, California
  • Undergraduate: Communicative Disorders, California State, Long Beach
  • Graduate: Masters in Education, San Jose State University
    Tier I Tier II M/M special education credentials
  • Research Interests: Inclusion for Special Education High School Students
  • Personal Interests: Horses, triathlons, reading, soccer

Arcia DorostiArcia Dorosti

  • Hometown: Los Altos Hills, California
  • Undergraduate: UC Davis-Political Science/US History (minor)
  • Graduate: San Jose State-Critical Research Academy (MA)
    Santa Clara University-Educational Leadership (MA)
  • Research Interests
    • Equity in education
    • Race relations
    • RTI/PLCs
    • Transition years
    • SEL
  • Personal Interests: Golf...and almost all other sports…football, basketball, baseball, soccer, but mostly golf.

Limary GutierrezLimary Gutierrez

  • Hometown: Greenfield, California
  • Undergraduate: Chicana/o Studies Education, University of California, Davis
  • Graduate: M.A. Education, University of California, Davis
  • Research Interests: I would love to find out more about teachers' development of formative assessment, and how it is supported during professional learning communities.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family. 

Amalia GuzmanAmalia Guzman

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: Spanish & Chicano/a Studies, UC Santa Barbara
  • Graduate: Elementary Curriculum & Instructions, San Diego State University
  • Research Interests
    • How to Better Serve Long-Term English-Learners
    • Curriculum Specific for Long-Term English-Learners
    • Professional Development for Teachers on How to better Serve Long-Term English-Learners
  • Personal Interests: Hanging out with friends & family, traveling - domestic & foreign, Going to the beach and national parks, and learning. 

Delnaz Hosseini Delnaz Hosseini

  • Hometown: East Bay, California
  • Undergraduate: Natural Science, San José State University
  • Graduate: Educational Leadership (Administration & Supervision), San José State University
  • Research Interests
    • Project-based learning experiences/cooperative learning opportunities and academic language acquisition in primary grades
    • Professional Learning Communities, teacher efficacy, and student achievement
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, reading (and listening to books on CDs), watching documentaries, and jogging 

George KleidonGeorge Kleidon

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, San Jose State University in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Graduate: Master of Arts Degree in Education, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests
    • Effective instructional strategies for English Learners
    • Building relationships with socially disadvantaged students
    • Supporting new teachers in the profession
    • Social justice in education.
  • Personal Interests: Spending quality family time with my wife and five boys is very important to me. Personal interests include watching sports such as football, baseball and basketball. I love the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I was a season ticket holder of the Warriors for the past two seasons. I also enjoy traveling to my home away from home Las Vegas, Nevada.

Raul LomeliRaul Lomeli

  • Hometown: Salinas, California
  • Undergraduate: Psychology and Music, Santa Clara University
  • Graduate: MA in Education, Bethany University
  • Research Interests: Community engagement and responsiveness in order to bring about minority empowerment and social justice with minority populations. Revamping language learner programs focusing on critical skills in order to accelerate language attainment and to fully include language learners.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy playing music (guitar), I enjoy playing sports like basketball, soccer, and volleyball whenever I get a chance, and I love and enjoy my beautiful wife and 3 year-old boy.

Anisha MunshiAnisha Munshi

  • Hometown: Gilroy, California
  • Undergraduate: University of Kashmir, India
  • Graduate: National University, California
  • Research Interests:
    • Differentiated instruction that can support long-term English Language Learners
    • Creating a positive learning climate through Professional Learning Communities
  • Personal Interests: Reading and Traveling

Patricia PelinoPatricia Pelino

  • Hometown: Gilroy, California
  • Undergraduate: Jose Maria Vargas, Caracas, Venezuela.
    *Special Education
  • Graduate: San Jose State University:
    • Masters in Special Education
    • Administrator Credential
    • Master in Administration and Supervision
  • Research Interests: How teacher preparation programs (at the university level), support and better prepare new teachers to face the challenges and demands of teaching a diverse population, including English Language Learners?
  • Personal Interests: I love spending time with my family, playing with my three dogs and reading.

Nereida RoblesNereida Robles Vasquez

  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
  • Undergraduate: Psychology at SJSU
  • Graduate: Masters of Social Work/PPSC at SJSU
  • Research Interests: Long-term English Language-Learners and Continuation High Schools
  • Personal Interests: Family, preserving culture and traditions, espanol, gardening and sustainable agriculture.

Shawn TennenbaumShawn Tennenbaum 

  • Hometown: Soquel, California
  • Undergraduate: B.S. Business Administration, University of the Pacific
  • Graduate: Master of Arts, Education (Administration and Supervision), San Jose State University
  • Research Interests: Evaluation practices and assessments tools that lead to positive change, the leadership role of the Human Resources office to support a positive district culture.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, surfing and running, always looking for a good race to challenge me. 

Buu ThaiBuu Thai

  • Hometown: San Jose, California
  • Undergraduate: Human Development, UC Davis
  • Graduate: Master's in Social Work, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests: Integration of Early Learning into K-12 System; school readiness
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with my dog, Mochi; watching The Big Bang Theory; and baking 

Melissa UrbainMelissa Urbain

  • Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
  • Undergraduate: English/Secondary Education, Central College
  • Graduate: TESOL, San Jose State University
  • Research Interests: Teachers Unions and EL Programs
  • Personal Interests: Sewing and Jogging